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1 Giant Leap is Jamie Catto from Faithless & musician/producer Duncan Bridgeman. The album is recordings they gathered while traveling around the world. They recorded a number of musicians, storytellers, authors, filmmakers, artists and thinkers from many different cultures. Artists included on the album are Michael Stipe, Asha Bosle, Dennis Hopper, Baaba Maal, The Mahotella Queens, Kurt Vonnegut, Horace Andy, Michael Franti & DJ Swamp. Housed in a slipcase. 2002.
The U.K.-based musician, film director, and Faithless cofounder Jamie Catto and producer Duncan Bridgeman coproduced this impressive multimedia CD, which boasts an eclectic array of artists ranging from Senegal's Baaba Maal and New Zealand's Maori artist Whirimako Black to the king of ambient, Brian Eno. This project, the fruit of a six-month, five-continent recording spree, is a funky, folkloric, and futuristic mélange of sampled indigenous instruments and electronica. "Braided Hair" teams the rap-country vocals of Arrested Development's Speech with the daring pop diva Neneh Cherry. The South African mbaqanga vocals of the Mahotella Queens provide the Afro-rave underpinnings for vocalist Ulali's poetic pleas for African unity. The tantric trances of the South Asian syncopated tabla drums pepper the synth-laden "When You Dream," which features R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and the Indian star Asha Bhosle. Boundaries of nationality, time, and musical genre meld into grooves for the head, hips, and heart that need no translation. --Eugene Holley Jr.
Awesome album. Way different from most things you hear. You have to have an open mind to listen to this kind of world music but it is some of the happiest as well as saddest music... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J G. Lewis
I have been watching this DVD for proally 8 years. No matter how many times I watch this movie, I never get tired of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Keith poland
I have the cd as well as the dvd and have given some of the dvd's as gifts for close friends. there is a very important message for humanity in this video and the music is very... Read morePublished 20 months ago by iya
I had the oipportunity to watch the documentary and movie and I was shocked by the music which is such a perfect combination of traditional non-Western music with electronics and... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Bruno Femenía Castella
Very few albums make the grade of an integrated "world music" experience - this does.
Not going to write a long review - just listen and experience. Read more
This entire collection of songs is truly unique and amazing! Be sure to purchase the companion DVD which complements it quite nicely. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Roark Dority